Recently I agreed to help Sound Action with a very interesting and possibly important research project. About a year ago the nonprofit watchdog group working on near shore projects. More can be read on their website: Sound Action.
In October I agreed to do a little 'clean up' with the organization. It seems that their stationary and anchored camera needs basic and routine cleaning. In our cold, green, murky waters, barnacles and other things can begin to grow on the outer glass casing. This can clog its self cleaning system that it rarely suffers in warm tropical waters. When asked if I could help, I quickly said yes and am about to do my second cleaning in the next few days.
Amy Carey of Sound Action, posted a short video of me doing a little cleaning. The camera and its housing rest in about 25' to 35 ' off shore of the Point Robinson Lighthouse. Anyone can view the work of the camera, which is posting live videos, sometimes up to 24 hours each day. View 'Orca Cam' anytime.
This is noble work. I am happy to be helping another nonprofit, in Puget Sound Underwater.
For a couple decades our oceans, lakes and streams have been warming. Puget Sound has been warming also. During just the last 14 years, the temperature of Puget Sound has increased an average of nearly 10 degrees. There are many reasons why this is happening. Increasing population causing increasing pollution, global warming, and much more.
During the winter months the water temperature does drop a bit. My dive computer records temperatures fairly accurately. This winter I've noticed the temps have dropped to about 50 degrees. This is good in that this helps the wildlife, but be certain, the temps will increase this summer to extreme temps once again.